Inspired by Vertigo!

October 8, 2012 at 6:32 am (Cinema, Kiran David)

Most films that seem to have copied or be inspired by Hitchcock’s Vertigo have failed horribly. There have been honest failures like De Palma’s Obsession. Others have been less honest. The worst is the overwrought French film Le Pacte Du Silence. It is unbelievably horrid!

There are two films coming to mind that share a rapport with the master’s work. The first one is Sans Soliel, a great film essay by Marker, about whom one cannot say enough. The other one is Rivette’s Le Belle Noiseuse which could exist as analogous to Vertigo or in some ways be a dissertation on the film.

To an attentive viewer, I would also suggest L’Année dernière à Marienbad by Resnais.

I often wonder if any of these films, though not remakes, would have existed without Vertigo.

– Kiran David


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